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Fall 2020: Healing Justice (Virtual)

Healing Justice as Building Cultural Resilience is back for the Fall 2020 semester - this time in a virtual format!

See below for a brief overview of the sessions, and register here to receive Zoom links for each of the workshops.

As usual, these events are free & open to the public! If you are a U of M student and would like to register for the class, find the class information here.

All sessions take place from 7pm-8:30pm.

These workshops are coordinated by Semester in Detroit faculty member Diana WasaAnung'gokwe Seales. If you have any questions, please email

What is Healing Justice?

According to Cara Page, Healing Justice is a framework that identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.

What is Cultural Organizing?

Cultural organizing places culture at the center of an organizing strategy. It can be done to unite people through the humanity of culture and the democracy of participation.  This series explores the ways in which healing justice, creativity and arts enhance cultural organizing through a series of unique workshops led by Detroiters that are at the forefront of this movement. This type of creative organizing empowers communities to come together in celebration of culture while developing valuable skills that challenge power and oppression.

Fall 2020 Sessions:

  • Oct 22nd: Halloween special – connecting to land and place through famous Detroit haunts  (Chaos Alchemy panel with Detroiters Raven, Kayla and Zoe)
  • Oct 29th: Herbs and ceremony - how ritual can be used for personal and activist self-care (Workshop by Adela ‘Nobel Snow’ Nieves Martinez - Culture Reclaim/Reclamar Cultura)
  • Nov 5th: [CANCELLED due to facilitator illness]
  • Nov 19th: Understanding and connecting to your intuition for personal healing and daily rejuvenating practices (Chaos Alchemy panel with Detroiters Raven, Kayla and Zoe)
  • Dec 3rd: [UPDATED 12/2] How to build community through active story sharing and movement (Workshop by Christy Giizigad; includes traditional & modern interpretations of Great Lakes indigenous dance)